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New York City College of Technology

The City University of New York

COMD 1162  Section XXXX  Raster & Vector Graphics • Day & Time  

Fall 2020 •  Online 



Course Description

Basic concepts related to the two fundamental digital graphic forms (raster and vector graphics) and learning best uses and practices for each. This course covers basic digital imaging terminology and techniques including size, resolution, color space, file elements, measurements, file formats, and scanning software and hardware. Class projects require students to explore the meaning of communication through design and how it correlates with client satisfaction and target audience. Students become proficient with both raster and vector applications, such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.             

2 class hours, 2 lab hours, 3 credits


CUNY proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics or concurrent enrollment in ENG 092R, ESOL 022R or 032R; ENG 092W, ESOL 021W, or ESOL 031W; MAT 0630 or MAT 0650 as required.

Course Overview

Course Focus: This is a project-oriented course designed to introduce vector art (Illustrator) and continuous tone digital imaging (Photoshop) with the tool set required of today’s designers and graphic artists.

Recommended Text: Adobe Photoshop CC 2020 Classroom in a Book, 

by Andrew Faulkner and Conrad Chavez (ISBN-13: 978-0136447993)
Adobe Illustrator CC 2020 Classroom in a Book, by Brian Wood
(ISBN-13: 978-0136412670) 

Adobe Press published by Peachpit Press

Required Materials:  Jump/Thumb Drive (2GB), 3-Ring Binder (Learning Journal) for notes, paper, pens and pencils

Grade Allocation: 30% Labs, Critique 20% Midterm Project

30% Homework Projects 20% Final Project

If a student finds they will not be able to present or hand in a project on the scheduled due date, it is their responsibility to notify the instructor PRIOR to the due date and request alternate arrangements. Points will be deducted for late projects and missed critiques. It’s better to turn in incomplete projects than late projects. If you turn in your work on time, you will have the opportunity to rework to improve your grade.

Academic Integrity Standards:

You are responsible for reading, understanding and abiding by the NYC College of Technology Student Handbook, “Student Rights & Responsibilities,” section “Academic Integrity Standards.” Academic dishonesty of any type, including cheating and plagiarism is unacceptable. “Cheating” is misrepresenting another student’s efforts/work as your own. “Plagiarism” is the representation of another person’s work, words or concepts as your own. Information in reports or other academic assignments from sources must be accompanied by a citation in either footnotes, bibliography or both.

Attendance Policy:

You are expected to attend all classes. Each class contains NEW information that is valuable to furthering your skill set. Attendance is taken and is important to success in this class. Both absences and arrival more than 15 minutes after the start of class will be marked. If excessive, the instructor will alert the student that they may be in danger of not meeting the course objectives and participation expectations, which could lead to a lower or failing grade.

Office Hours:

By Appointment: 

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